UNR experiences power outages for second day in a row

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Updated: 12/04/2012 5:39 pm
12:30pm - UNR sent out this statement regarding the power outages:

The University is presently experiencing a power outage impacting 10 buildings on the “south loop” electrical distribution system: the buildings include the Brian Whalen Parking Structure, Central Heat Plant, Davidson Math & Science, Fitzgerald Student Services, Fleischman Agriculture, Harry Reid Engineering Laboratory, Harry Reid Engineering Hydraulic Pump Building, Laxalt Mineral Research, Raggio Education Building and Scrugam Engineering. Some of these buildings have back-up power, so the outage may not be evident. The matter is presently being addressed and it is anticipated that power will be restored by early afternoon.


By way of background we have experienced a continuing problem with the 65-year-old “south loop” power distribution system for several months which resulted in six unscheduled outages since February. We recognize and greatly apologize for the inconvenience this issue has placed on our faculty, staff and students and appreciate your continued patience with our efforts to resolve the situation. Please know that all available resources are being called upon to correct the problem and we’re continuing to narrow the number of potential causes for these outages and are working with our staff and various electrical contractors and vendors to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.


This outage is similar to the power outage experienced yesterday. Yesterday’s event impacted four additional buildings including the Joe Crowley Student Union, the Applied Research Facility, the Judicial College, and the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. The total event yesterday lasted roughly five hours which was longer than anticipated as we were conducting additional tests to narrow the potential scope of the problem. Ultimately, we transferred these four buildings off of the problematic “south loop” onto the “north loop” which is why these four buildings are not impacted by today’s outage. Please note that following the resumption of power early this afternoon, the Raggio Education Building, Brian Whalen Parking Structure and the Fitzgerald Student Services building will be also moved onto the more reliable “north loop” until such times as we have resolved the “south loop” problem.


As always, any emergency situation should be reported to the Police Services “duty phone” at 745-6195.






RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- University of Nevada, Reno is experiencing power outages for the second day straight.

Natalie Savidge with UNR says the outage is affecting 10 buildings and started between 9 and 10 this morning.

UNR crews are going through and replacing fuses, checking power boxes and power lines to find the source of the problem. Savidge says power should hopefully be restored by early this afternoon.

It is still unknown what caused this power outage or yesterday’s power outage that affected 14 buildings.



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AndrewFlagg - 12/4/2012 11:00 PM
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Dear NV Taxpayers - whom I hope soon will stop funding higher ed; and that funding comes from businesses only; and K-12 funding comes from property owners only. Lookup NV education funding - K-12 funding from property owners - higher ed from businesses. Regarding the power issue -- who forgot to pay the bill? Did NV Energy cut you off like they do so many if you don't make your payment? I like NV Energy. Just don't get on their bad side. First of all, the energy grid to the University is vital to the stability of research. The number of research projects affected is not infinite, but finite, and we should know about those affected research projects negatively affected. The funding for research in the millions requires laboratories to be unaffected by infrastructure outages and policy issues. What bothers me is that the energy grid is right next to other vital grids like St. Mary's, Renown Health, and Model Dairy. My business exists within these three grids for one reason only; 1st to go down; 1st to come up, and the last to fail ever for more than 4 hours ever in terms of a power energy SLA. 200 S. Virginia should be in the same grid, but I am not sure which but obviously the University and 200 S. Virgina should share the same grid; and if they did, this would not be an issue - ever. UNR management - please wake-up! Get your house in order, and power should have been the first thing since we do everything (on-net, off-net, online and offline) today requiring electricity. Also UNR policies often shut down research in the name of campus policy, and disregard research. That is an untapped issue from the Office of Research un-reported for years. Be well and Happy Holidays.
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